UVic Geography hosts the fourth largest number of Geography undergraduate majors in Canada and the largest in BC. We attribute this to the emphasis we place on our undergraduate program.
Transferring from high school or college
We strongly advise that you consult with your high school or college counsellor in conjunction with this site.
If you can, pay a visit to the main Geography office (DTB B203) during the summer prior to registration. Advisors are available during the May-August period in the Academic Advising Centre, or you may contact the main geography office by email or phone (250-721-7327) to arrange for undergraduate advising.
While you're here, take a tour of the UVic campus.
If you're attending or planning to attend a college before enrolling at UVic, you should see the BC College/University Transfer Guide and attempt to put together a college program that will satisfy as many of the degree requirements for either a BA or BSc as possible.
Your specific program
Your program should reflect both your interests and the career you wish to pursue.
The Geography program description and course descriptions in the UVic Calendar will help you plan an integrated four years of study in which courses in geography, as well as in other disciplines that complement and support each other, provide a sound basis for graduate study or for a career in planning, resource management, international affairs, or education.
Check out our Degree Planning page to determine which Geography degree program is right for you!
We take our teaching mission very seriously. We strive to provide students with an opportunity to:
- Broaden their understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories and applications in geography;
- Develop critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills;
- Work, learn, and apply their knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary environments;
- Engage in active, student-directed learning that will prepare them for professional life;
- Have abundant opportunity for experiential-based field (outdoor) learning;
- Refine their written and oral communication skills;
We believe in training well-rounded scholars and urge students to take a broad range of courses, within and outside Geography. At the same time, we fully appreciate the value of developing specializations, particularly as it relates to career opportunities.
We offer a number of "concentrations," such as Coastal Studies, where students get more opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of geography.
Our courses cover bio-physical geography, geomatics, human geography, and environment and sustainability. These are the four pillars of faculty expertise, and represent the areas for which we are nationally and internationally recognized.
Our curriculum exposes students to the forces that mould our ecological, physical, urban, cultural, political, and economic landscapes.
Our learning environment
Our learning environment is friendly, respectful... and rigorous. Even in our larger first-year classes you'll become engaged in debates concerning the key issues of our times, both in lecture sessions and also in our smaller tutorial or lab groups.
We encourage students to work co-operatively in many classes to build team work expertise and the skills that are often required in the work environment. Many students further hone these skills through engagement in the Co-op program, with regular placements with employers that need people with geographical skills.
We are committed to a teaching program that provides you with the understanding and tools for a rewarding career, and ways forward to ensuring a sustainable future.
You are the future stewards of the planet. Our goal is to provide the best of inspired learning to help assist in your journey.
We have excellent teaching facilities in the David Turpin Building (formerly the Social Sciences and Mathematics building). We're committed to providing our students with innovative classes taught in innovative facilities designed to enhance the learning experience.
Our "Wet-Lab" provides access to students concentrating on the hands-on physical and environmental course materials.
This facility has five pod-based tables, each with access to gas and water. There is a fume hood and other equipment for climate classes.
Advanced computing facilities
Our computer classrooms are among the most advanced in Canada. We have two 25-seat labs with a movable wall that enables them to be converted to a single 50-seat lab.
These rooms contain 23” Dell all-in-one computers with touchscreens running Windows 8.1. The learning technologies are supported by multiple servers on a fast network with substantial disk storage. These computers have industry-leading software allowing students to experience what is currently prevalent in the work environment.
We arrange our computers in island pods so students can interact with each other. The pods are designed to be large enough for our students to comfortably have their individual laptops and/or binders on the desk at the same time as using the workstations. This also works well when they are looking at large NTS Mapsheets.
There are two LCD projectors facing opposite sides of each of the 25-seat rooms which can project either from a laptop connected at a podium or be connected to any of the workstations in the room. There is also a powerful audio system, enabling audio - visual presentations as well as taking into account the increasing multi-media facets of Geographic topics and research.
There is also a 10-seat lab used by upper level undergraduate and graduate students. It provides for the installation and use of specialized software not available in other teaching labs.
We maintain two seminar rooms that can be reconfigured to numerous layouts to facilitate different types of learning situations. There are LCD projectors in all labs.
All of the teaching areas have been designed to encourage a relaxed environment that is helpful to the learning experience.
Access to rooms
Access to these rooms is normally during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
A keycard/fob access system has been installed to allow students secure access after hours and on weekends.